American Grilled Cheese Kitchen Wins Major National Small Business Award

It's an objective fact that people love cheese. But until now, we weren't quite sure how deep that love really ran.

On Tuesday morning, San Francisco's foremost cheese purveyor (of the grilled variety), The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen, became one of a dozen small businesses from around the country to win the Mission: Small Business competition.

Organized by banking giant Chase, online deals site and the U.S. Camber of Commerce, the competition drew over 70,000 entries from small businesses from across America and saw a flurry of activity on social media.

"I feel so incredibly lucky right now," American Grilled Cheese Kitchen General Manager Nate Pollack told the Huffington Post. "This came the perfect time--right as we're working on opening out second location."

The restaurant, which has been operating out of a South Park space since 2010, has secured a lease on a Mission District storefront formerly occupied by the now defunct Cafe Gratitude.

Pollack, along with co-owner Heidi Gibson, were presented with a check at a ceremony at their current location on Tuesday morning.

While the American Grilled Cheese Kitchen was the only Northern California business to win, three Golden State companies received grants: a fitness company targeting child obesity, a firm that helps companies reuse packaging materials and an organization that produces specialty travel bags.

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